Fashion Face-Off: Skinny vs. Wide-Leg Jeans

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Wide-leg jeans—they're baaack, and with their revival comes the question of whether the reign of skinny jeans is, in fact, ending. The ebb and flow of denim silhouettes seems to be as predictable as the tides, and as our '80s obsession with over-the-top badditude makes way for '70s boho sensibilities, skinny jeans are getting swapped for their wide-leg counterparts. We're not saying that crossover in preferences no longer exists, because our closets are filled with a few of each variety. But when push comes to shove, which pair would you rather slip into—deliciously slim denim or jeans that give you room to groove? Read on for our Fashion Face-Off contenders!

Skinny jeans walked off against wide-leg denim on the opulent fall/winter 2010 runways.

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Above, from left: Balmain, Isabel Marant, Balmain, and Diesel Black Gold.


Skinny jeans face off against wide-leg jeans on the street. We love both ladies looks—which would you rock?

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Photos by Mr. Newton.


Both skinny and wide-leg jeans look classic with crisp white tees and neutral palettes.

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Above, from left: MiH Jeans Vienna Low-Rise Skinny Jeans, $175, available at Net-A-Porter; Madewell Skinny Skinny Jeans, $95, available at Madewell; Current/Elliott High-Rise Bell Jeans, $195, available at Net-A-Porter; Victoria's Secret VS Low Boy Jeans. $59.50, available at Victoria's Secret.